Abundant Light

© Christopher Budny

Abundant Light

Gregg Johnstun 1/29/2012 11:03:59 AM

This is unreal. Incredible colors. Fantasy-like. Thanks for sharing. #1439928

Lindley Johnson 1/29/2012 12:43:06 PM

I've loved this view in the previous images you've submitted, Chris, and this one is absolutely fantastic. The light, color, reflections, and composition are truly amazing! #9954018

Michelle Alton 1/29/2012 2:34:22 PM

Surely your next G.P., Chris. This is positively awe-inspiring. #9954155

Patti Coblentz 1/29/2012 10:35:01 PM

The light is magical with a superb composition; good luck with this one, Chris...a beauty!! #9954721

Katarina Mansson 1/29/2012 11:09:38 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! POV, comp and colors are superb and the clarity you present in your pictures is just amazinig. A winner in my book! #9954745

Joy Rector 1/30/2012 4:05:12 AM

beautiful #9955048

Christopher Budny 1/30/2012 4:19:24 AM

Thank you all very much! #9955090

Nikki McDonald 2/1/2012 6:38:00 AM

Well, well, well, well, well. :) This is just gorgeous, Chris -- the colors, clarity, detail and depth do this beautiful space justice and I know no greater compliment. #9958978

Christopher Budny 2/1/2012 1:46:34 PM

Thank you very much Nikki!
And thank you for the suggestions you made on the similar, portrait-orientation image! #9959401

Ellen Hodges 2/28/2012 8:35:17 AM

Wow image, Chris!! Agree with Michelle!!! #10011288

Christopher Budny 2/28/2012 10:30:21 AM

Thank you, Ellen... I shall resubmit it! #10011590

Yulianto Soeroso 3/2/2012 3:26:40 AM

amazing color #10017454

Christopher Budny 3/2/2012 5:10:00 AM

Thanks, Yulianto! #10017664

Hayden Cannon 3/3/2012 12:17:02 AM

Great photo Christopher, I must get some lessons sometime : ). Fantastic colours, comp, lighting and details fantastic shot! #10018862

Christopher Budny 3/3/2012 5:23:13 AM

Thank you, Hayden!
I will gladly set up a swap---you give me lessons on your amazing macros, and I'll share what I know in the cathedral! #10019207

Hayden Cannon 3/3/2012 5:44:50 PM

I will also gladly swap, though I still believe you are far in front with your work. Perhaps you can teach me how to get so many stunning finalists and winners :).

Christopher Budny 3/4/2012 6:14:19 AM

It's a deal---we each have stuff to share! If I ever get to Oz, or you come to DC, we'll have to make this happen! #10021063

Hayden Cannon 3/4/2012 7:44:38 AM

It's a deal, Yeah I couldn't agree more! : ). Now I will stop clogging up your comments page :P I look forward to seeing more of your work. #10021145

John Connolly 3/11/2012 1:15:29 PM

What a superb cathedral image, Christopher! This looks like a magnificent house of worship!
We don't need any more earthquakes, that's for sure! #10033235

Christopher Budny 3/11/2012 4:35:08 PM

Thank you very much, John! You're certainly right about the quakes! #10033535

Leslie McLain 3/20/2012 4:21:47 AM

Stunning capture and light, Chris. I know I'll miss this beautiful light, but still looking forward to photographing the cathedral with you. #10046027

Christopher Budny 3/20/2012 5:38:37 AM

While you won't see this particular light display in March, there will be (bright sun permitting!) some beautiful big swathes of color around the building when we visit! #10046149

Terry A. Stoa 3/25/2012 6:55:18 PM

Another well-deserved Finalist. Thanks for your detailed explanation of what it is and how you've captured similar images in prior years. Practice has made perfect. #10054185

Patti Coblentz 3/25/2012 7:26:06 PM

I KNOW this pleases you! Congratulations on your finalist for this outstanding image, Chris! #10054463

Nikki McDonald 3/25/2012 7:49:16 PM

Big smiles from Nebraska, Chris. Congratulations on your Finalist. #10054816

Peggy Pfister 3/25/2012 7:59:45 PM

Happy and not surprised in the least to see this as a finalist, Chris! Congratulations and best of luck in the next round! #10054970

Graham Robards 3/25/2012 8:11:08 PM

Awesome work Chris, I can see why this image is your best effort! Congratulations on your finalist, best of luck in the next round!

Pat #10055098

Claudine Grove 3/25/2012 8:29:10 PM

Congrats on the finalist badge. I love all the color, composition, lighting, and everything else I may have forgotten to mention. Good luck in the next round. #10055224

Julianne Bradford 3/25/2012 8:51:47 PM

This is so exquisite Chris! Congratulations on this stunning finalist! #10055377

Carol Quina 3/25/2012 10:29:32 PM

Congratulations Chris - this is lovely! #10055650

Katarina Mansson 3/25/2012 11:10:25 PM

No surprise here - congratulations on your beautiful finalist Chris!
I count on coming back shortly... #10055734

Usman M. Bajwa 3/25/2012 11:30:48 PM

Great light and color Chris. CONGRATZ on this fab Finalist!

UB. #10055794

Hayden Cannon 3/26/2012 6:16:31 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist Chris! well deserved for such a beautiful shot I am sure it will be gold soon. #10056766

Dayna Cain 3/26/2012 6:49:27 AM

Huge congrats Chris on this finalist! It's stunning! #10056906

Lindley Johnson 3/26/2012 7:12:01 AM

Love this stunning image, Chris! Congratulations! #10056984

Bob Cournoyer 3/26/2012 7:29:39 AM

Great stuff, Chris...Congrats.. :-) #10057036

Gail Vitikacs 3/26/2012 8:57:52 AM

No one shoots the Cathedral like you do! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!

Michele Peterson 3/26/2012 9:48:04 AM

Ahhh... one of my favorites, Chris! Happy to see it get a finalist!! #10057632

Tammy Espino 3/26/2012 12:58:12 PM

Congrats on another wonderful finalist!! :) #10058289

Phyllis H. Burchett 3/26/2012 5:35:57 PM

Beautiful Chris, congrats on your finalist! #10059207

R. J. Laudenbacher 3/26/2012 7:10:49 PM

WTG Chris! A big congrats to you on this beautiful finalist. #10059576

Renee Doyle 3/26/2012 7:13:27 PM

Winner to me!!!! Now I can't wait to see the next installment! Congratulations Chris! #10059584

Tiia Vissak 3/26/2012 7:18:10 PM

Congratulations! #10059603

Terry Cervi 3/26/2012 8:07:01 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Chris! #10059788

Christopher Budny 3/27/2012 3:33:39 AM

Thank you all very much! #10060319

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/27/2012 1:16:06 PM

Congrats on another fabulous finalist Chris...good for you!

jo ann c. #10061528

David M. Montero 3/27/2012 8:07:25 PM

One of my favorites of yours. Congratulations on your finalist selection Chris! #10062302

Christopher Budny 3/28/2012 3:40:35 AM

Thanks, Jo Ann & Dave! #10062714

Shawn Jennings 3/29/2012 12:07:12 PM

Nice work, Chris! Congratulations on your finalist! #10065639

Christopher Budny 3/29/2012 12:09:58 PM

Thanks so much, Shawn! #10065647

Merna L. Nobile 3/30/2012 10:58:35 AM

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Congratulations! Merna #10067332


What can I say about your work. All your pictures are so special.I just spend time in awe at all the thought and editing and creativity of this and the other pictures. #10142051

Christopher Budny 5/19/2012 5:09:07 AM

Thank you both, Fernanda & Merna! I'm so glad you like them so much, Fernanda! #10142114


How I wish I could find a photographer like you that could teach me some of the techniques because the artistic part is special to each person and not many people have it like you do. I don't have much time to write but I always follow your work. #10142465

Christopher Budny 5/19/2012 7:14:40 PM

Thank you for the very kind words, Fernanda! #10142890

Laura E. Swan 5/27/2012 8:52:03 AM

This image gave me goosebumps, Chris. It's absolutely spiritual.

congratulations Pictures, Images and Photos

ON GOING FINALIST! I hope we see it in the Winners Circle!

-Laura :D #10155422

Christopher Budny 5/28/2012 10:41:42 AM

Thanks, Laura! I'm glad you like it as much as I do. Alas, it is Finalist from a prior month's contest, and didn't advance any further. #10157300

Laura E. Swan 5/28/2012 10:50:45 AM

Really? Well rats! I see GOLD here!!! #10157310

Gail Vitikacs 7/30/2012 5:52:59 PM

Way to go Chris! Congrats! #10252794

Christopher Budny 7/31/2012 5:51:00 AM

Thanks, Gail! #10254331

Julianne Bradford 7/31/2012 9:24:43 AM

I can sure see why you make an annual treck to your "santuary" Chris. What a marvelous meditation while having the honor of capturing this marvelous light and spectacle #10254932

Christopher Budny 7/31/2012 9:27:51 AM

Thanks, Julianne; I may resubmit this one; it is my favorite of my annual attempts. #10254942

Karen Celella 8/23/2012 10:14:21 AM

Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist, Chris! #10287011

Christopher Budny 8/26/2012 5:48:13 PM

Thank you Karen! #10291517

Thomas E. Hinds 8/29/2012 7:29:29 PM

This is just fantastic in every way, Chris! It is a Winner to me. The color is remarkable! And your gallery is to die for! Beautiful work abounds throughout! #10298259

Laura E. Swan 8/29/2012 8:24:13 PM

I really love this one Chris! I'll be rooting for Gold for you *again*! :D

-Laura #10298324

Christopher Budny 8/30/2012 3:41:04 AM

Thank you both! Alas, even though I have this on Page 1, it is an older Finalist; not part of the July results ;) #10298669

R. J. Laudenbacher 8/31/2012 4:53:28 AM

Soooooo beautiful, Chris. Congrats on your gorgeous finalist! #10301141

Christopher Budny 8/31/2012 5:15:25 AM

Thanks, RJ! #10301173

Usman M. Bajwa 9/7/2012 7:34:46 AM

It screams for a re-sub, hope you hear it!!

UB. #10312881

Christopher Budny 9/7/2012 7:40:21 AM

Thanks, Usman! Great idea... I've never resubbed a Finalist before! #10312884

Carolyn McIntosh 12/9/2012 10:29:04 AM

It has been a long time since I poked through your gallery . . .. what an amazing visit I had this morning. Your images are compelling . . . it reminds me of my promise to myself that even if I have to crawl on my hands and knees I must visit Washington again . . . and especially the National Cathedral.

Your body of work is simply amazing. #10457403

Christopher Budny 12/10/2012 5:46:55 AM

Carolyn, thank you for taking the time to "catch up" on my gallery - I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you VERY much for the kind, kind words! By all means, get thee to DC (and look me up when you do!) #10458694

Julianne Bradford 5/28/2013 12:12:32 PM

Such a beauty Chris! Congrats! #10712162

Christopher Budny 5/28/2013 2:28:53 PM

Thank you very much, Julianne! #10712312

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I have an annual tradition to shoot the morning light of early winter in this cathedral aisle; no other time produces quite this light show!
All the pools of color are sunlight through stained glass. Each year, I've tried to improve on the prior year's image; new techniques, new
compositions, different lenses... I think this is my personal best. The ultra-wide angle lens captured the far nave wall and colors behind the tomb.
3 RAW wide-bracketed exposures, adjusted to 6 files for HDR, at 10mm.
02/12 Finalist - T&P
Used in the cathedral's 2014 wall calendar and the digital wallpaper version as well.

Exif: F Number: 10, ISO: 200, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 1/29/2012 7:21:25 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist

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